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'Fast-moving and immensely readable ... a page turner from start to finish' Maeve BinchyAlexander Kinross is remembered in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker's apprentice. But when he writes from Australia to summon his bride, his relatives realize he is now a man to be reckoned with. Arriving in Sydney after a difficult voyage, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Drummond meets her husband-to-be and discovers that he frightens and repels her. And, isolated in Alexander's great house, Elizabeth finds that marriage does not prompt her husband to enlighten her about his past life - nor his present one, in which his mistress, the sensuous, tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, still plays a part -
  • Abandoned Electrical
A story which may be familiar in feeling to many people within the experiences of their own lives. Oddly enough due to the enormous wealth the main characters had at their disposal. I liked that they, though wealthy, used their wealth in good ways, cognizant of, and paying tribute to others who worked for and with them. It showed that truly there is a small number of people with vision and ability who do outshine many of the rest of us and are almost born to lead. And how that is a trait that moved forward with their ability to endow their kids with a wonderful education. They taught them at the same time through their example, to also become leaders. Enjoyed the dream of racial unity and women as powerful too. I guess it showed that someone can rise from nothing and become who they are meant to be through their hard work and personality traits and vision. In reality though I think that is disappearing in our world now as more become complacent and rely on goodness of others and government and maybe they were meant to be great but they never rise to become who they could. The book showed the possibility is there though. Liked that thought. By the end of the book I felt like Alexander had always been rich but looking back I remember he had to work very long and hard to realize his dreams too. Interesting. Thanks.
  • Hellstaff
Like all of Kathleen McCullough's novels, this one was "good to the last word." A real Australian saga, this was a blend of sadness and joy-- just like life. If you remember "The Thorn Birds," I felt this book was equally satisfying. Thank you, Kathleen, for a history lesson wrapped in an inventive story line.
  • Muniath
I enjoyed this novel as much as I did "The Thorn Birds." Elizabeth, at age 16, was taken from her home in Scotland, where she toiled in drudgery & poverty to be the bride of Alexander Kinross, whom she had never met, to live in luxury in Australia. She eventually met Alexander's mistress, Ruby, with whom she immediately was drawn to and they became close friends throughout Elizabeth's marriage. Alexander ruled over his bride as he did his town of Kinross. He was an exceptionally talented and future thinking man who upgraded his town well beyond others of that era. The daughters of Elizabeth & Alexander were exact opposites of each other, one being developmentally deprived and Nell being the duplicate in talent of her father.

I loved Ruby, a musically talented and acerbic wit, who could not be Alexander's wife, even though they both loved each other. But without Elizabeth, who could not articulate her desires and "buckled under" to the men (father & husband) in her life, the story would not be the same. There were many other characters in the story but these three impressed me the most.

I read the novel day and night, neglecting everything else. I love Colleen McCullough's writing.
  • Kagalkree
As always, Colleen McCullough has brought to life a rich tapestry of characters in this beautifully written story of a pioneer of Australia's great New South Wales. I couldn't put it down for long, and wanted it to go on and on. You won't be disappointed.
  • Funny duck
Good book. I love Ms McCullough's writing. I have read several of her books. Other than Thornbirds, this is my favorite. The characters were well thought out and stayed in character throughout. I loved each of them for the part they played in the story, even King Midas himself. I especially loved the information I learned about Australia as a new country.
  • Goodman
I hadn't read a McCullough book in about 20 years. This is my second in four weeks. I had forgotten what a masterful storyteller she was. I finished this book in three days. Liking historical fiction, I also appreciate her research about the period, culture, history. I rarely give 5 stars, but this novel and author deserve it.
  • Beahelm
but hadn't read any of her books since the ones she did about Roman times. I chose Morgan's Run first because we were going to be traveling to Australia...I read it on the plane there and finished during our travels. I saw this book which while not exactly a sequel takes place in England and Australia and was just as intriguing and delightful. For anyone who loves historical fiction...McCullough is truly a great author...the research she did must have taken a very long time. I highly recommend anything by her.
A very nice book and sequel to "Morgan's Run." Set about 100 years after that book in Australia, the reader was treated to how this country developed over the years. McCullough always treats the plight of women and the discrimination against them at that time and in that place within the context of the plot. I was, however, disappointed to some extent that the book did not directly follow the life of Richard Morgan. There was only a minor reference to him in "The Touch."